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Holiday Gift Guide for the Wine Lover

Living in California Wine Country as we do, we’re literally surrounded by wine.  Sonoma County is home to literally hundreds of wineries, from a small family-run winery like Mounts to much larger vineyards like Korbel. …
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Weekend Getaway in Wine Country

Sonoma County - real Wine Country So I have some tough choices to make.  I have a high school friend coming to visit this weekend.  She’s in need of some R&R and her husband’s packing her off to Wine Country for the weekend.  …
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Loxton Cellars – A Nice Change of Pace in Sonoma Valley

Ready to taste some wine with our kids safely playing in our UPPAbaby Vista.For Father’s Day we went wine tasting (and why not when you live in Wine Country, surrounded by more than 200 wineries?)  We’ve spent a lot of time exploring other areas of Sonoma County like Dry C
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Church of all Nations, Mount of Olives, Israel

An Olive Tree Grows in California

Olives for Sale at the Market in IraklionWe recently moved into a new home.  The house is pretty new and most of the work we’ve been doing is cosmetic.  The backyard, however, was another story.  …
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The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden We LOVE roses.  (Ok, Wendy does).  So, when we found out that San Jose had a public rose garden, we got very excited and couldn’t believe we were just finding out about it.  …
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Casa Loma

Casa Loma – a Wanna Be Castle in the Heart of Toronto, Canada

Casa LomaWe recently went to see family and friends in Toronto (which is Wendy’s home town).  We have two little kids, one of whom is a three-year-old little girl, so a visit to a castle seemed a natural choice.  …
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La Rosa–How to Get Food Poisoning at a Terrible Restaurant in a Great Location in the Heart of Santa Rosa, Wine Country

The lovely brick exterior to La Rosa - the new Mexican restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. Unfortunately, the food doesn't come close to measuring up.This past weekend we headed out with the family and some friends to check out the new restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa.  Ever
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Balletto Winery

Wine tasting at Balletto Winery - it's best to start 'em young! 🙂Balletto Vineyards and Winery is set amongst fields of grapes.  It has a peaceful pavered patio, covered with a pergola and centered on an olive tree growing out of a large water feature.  Inside, the c
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Quivira Winery–Organic Wine in the Heart of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Quivira's Dry Creek Valley tasting room is set in one of their biodynamic vineyards, and complete with solar panels.This family-owned winery has a lovely tasting room in a tranquil setting just outside Healdsburg in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley.  Their hand-crafted, estat
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Dutton Goldfield Winery

Dutton Goldfield Winery's patio sadly lacks the beautiful views that most of Sonoma County's wineries offer.Dutton Goldfield Winery has a new tasting room on Gravenstein Highway North in Sebastopol.  They used to participate in the Visa Signature program, but sadly have s
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Deloach Vineyards–Elegant Winery in the Heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley

imageWalking up to the Deloach Vineyards tasting room from their parking lot you pass through a tranquil Biodynamic garden.  There is a lovely brick courtyard complete with umbrella shaded tables for those who prefer to take advantage of Sonoma County’s fabulous weather and do th
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Michael-Bernard Winery

Michel-Bernard's new tasting room in Sonoma County's Dry Creek ValleyWe were on our way home from one of our favorite wineries, Armida, when we passed a newly opened tasting room.  Quite honestly, we weren’t that hopeful – there are a LOT of tasting rooms in Dry Creek Val
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Hanna Winery and Vineyards

Hanna Winery and Vineyard's Russian River Valley tasting room is just on the outskirts of Santa Rosa.We are blessed with living in the heart of Northern California’s wine country.  Even though we live very close to many wineries, we somehow always find ourselves driving to further one
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If San Francisco Were in New Zealand

Base jumping from their tops would give vistors to these towering giants a whole new appreciation for the towering heights to which California Redwoods grow.New Zealand holidays are a great choice for adventure types.  …
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Fabulous Christmas Lights Make Wine Country Sparkle for Kids

Sparkling Christmas lights make Wine Country fun for kids young and old! The holiday season brings a number of wonderfully lit houses to Wine Country.  Recently we visited this beautifully decorated house on Arabian Lane, in Santa Rosa, California.  The street is only a bloc
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Let it Snow! Wine Country for Kids – Tree Lighting in Windsor, California

Lots of people turned out to see the tree lighting at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove in Wine Country's Windsor, California Traveling in Wine Country with children?  There are lots of holiday events to keep your little ones happy!  December 2nd we headed to downto
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Looking for Holiday Cheer in Wine Country? Take a Free Carriage Ride around Railroad Square, Santa Rosa

Holiday travel with kids in Wine Country? Take a free carriage ride in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa! Sonoma County is Northern California Wine Country, so there are plenty of attractions to keep the adults in holiday cheer.  But don’t think the kids get left out!  This past
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Thai Cuisine – Disappointing Food From a Formally Great Restaurant

Thai Cuisine Restaurant is in a beautiful old Victorian house. It was yet another gorgeous fall day here in Sonoma County so we decided to take advantage of the weather and head out to lunch.  We chose a place we’d been to many, many times.  Thai Cuisine is in a large, old V
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Beautiful Fall Afternoon Wine Tasting in Dry Creek valley – the Heart of Sonoma County Wine Country

Wine grape vines display beautiful fall colors. Today was an absolutely perfect fall day in Sonoma County.  Sunny and warm, with the highs in the high 70s (25C), it was the perfect day to head out into the spectacular Dry Creek Valley.  The grapes are in full fall colors wi
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Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Winery, Napa Valley

Winetasting at Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Winery Wendy’s cousins came to visit and requested that we visit some Napa Valley wineries.  So we solicited advice, and off we went to tour the best of the Napa Valley, starting with Duckhorn Vineyards Estate Winery.  The winery char
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Fruta – Delicious Ice Cream and Other Cool Treats with a Sonoma County Twist

Fruta offers lots of flavors of their delicious ice cream - from the traditional to the more adventurous. Tonight was an unusually warm night here in Santa Rosa.  Sonoma County evenings are typically quite cool.  Even hot summer days give ways to chilly temperatures at night
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De La Montanya – Great Wine from a Beautiful Little Russian River Valley Winery

Outside the unassuming tasting room at De La Montanya Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma Country. You’ll find De La Montanya Winery along a windy rural road just outside Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County, California.  Just as you pass under the bridge, the winery, with its smal
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Andale, SFO

Andale Mexican Restaurant, SFOWe were waiting for our flight and after the drive to the airport and the time to check-in and go through security we were starving.  We debated between the different places to get a bite to eat and finally settled on Andale.  As you might expec
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Beringer Vineyard, Napa Valley

Beringer Vineyard tasting room, Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe classy Beringer Vineyard is a large winery in the heart of the Napa Valley.  There are lovely views out over the valley and their grounds, but unfortunately no picnic tables to enjoy it from. …
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Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery – Fabulous Wine in the Heart of Sonoma

Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma, California Just a short walk away from the wonderful downtown square in the center of Sonoma you’ll find the historic Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery.  The winery is over a 100-years-old and they’ve used that time to perfect their fabulous win
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V. Sattui Winery

The fountain beckons you to relax and linger a while at V. Sattui Winery in the famous Napa Valley, CailforniaV. Sattui Winery is a family owned winery established in 1885.  The winery is beautiful and the perfect place to break for lunch on a day of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. &
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Sonoma Valley Regional Park – Great Place to Stretch Your Legs in Wine Country

Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon, near Glen Ellen, is home to award winning wineries and the relaxing Sonoma Valley Regional Park, near Glen Ellen, A couple of weeks ago we headed out to go wine tasting in the Valley of the Moon (Sonoma Mountain AVA) near Glen Ellen. …
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San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

Recently my cousin and I set out to spend the better part of the day at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.  Since it turned out we were done much more quickly than we thought, we set out to find something else to do in the park.  We had thought of visiti
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Japanese Tea garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Recently my cousin came to visit.  We drove him to the airport when he left, and since we were already in San Francisco, we decided to visit another site in the fabulous Golden Gate Park.  It was the perfect thing to do on a beautifully sunny day in January.  Just anoth
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Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Street parking in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Golden Gate Park sprawls out over more than 1,000 acres.  It offers countless paths to stroll and enjoy a break from the city while staying right inside it.…
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